MessFest returns Saturday to McGee Park

Noel Lyn Smith

FARMINGTON — Mud volleyball and fun with slime is back at McGee Park when the 4 Corners MessFest returns on Saturday.

Jacob Ledbetter takes on San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen in a doughnut eating contes Aug. 29 at the 4 Corners MessFest at McGee Park.

All the messy activities — such as food fights, water fights, a pie-eating contest and egg roulette — are open to sixth- through 12th-grade students from the Four Corners area.

Additional activities include weightlifting challenges, body ball, body art and dodgeball. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day. MessFest provides teens with a fun atmosphere to celebrate their return to school, organizer Shawntay Wolfe said.

"We'll have stuff going on all day," she said, adding that students are encouraged to bring an extra set of clothing, and a cleanup area will be provided by the San Juan County Fire Department.

Wolfe, who also organizes the annual KidFest, said a number of students who attend MessFest grew up attending KidFest, so it is a way to continue their involvement.

Strike Zone is among the local businesses helping the event. The baseball and softball training facility in Farmington is sponsoring the dodgeball events, which will take place on two courts.

One court will host tournament play for teams composed of six players that are divided by grades. The other court will be used for noncompetitive games.

Farmington Police School Resource Officers Shawn Goodsell and Kris Chavez play dodgeball Aug. 29 at the 4 Corners MessFest at McGee Park.

"We're about being out and helping the kids in the community," Strike Zone manager Adam Morrissey said.

MessFest will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at McGee Park. Admission is $5.

There will be a foam and glow dance for ninth- through 12th-grade students from 9 p.m. to midnight. High school students can be admitted to the dance by showing their MessFest wrist band or by showing student identification, a class schedule or by parent check-in, Wolfe said.

Some proceeds from the event will be divided among area high schools. Wolfe said 10 percent will be shared by Piedra Vista and Farmington high schools, 10 percent will go to a smaller high school in San Juan County, and a high school outside the county that has the highest MessFest attendance by students will receive 5 percent.

For more information about MessFest, find it on Facebook under 4cornerskids or call Wolfe at 505-564-3299.